Banana Split Oatmeal Parfait

Banana splits enjoyed during the warm days of summer are one of life’s simplest pleasures, so we took that sentiment to breakfast time and gave you a banana split breakfast parfait that does your body good! Skip the sugary ice cream and try this recipe for your next breakfast, or as an afternoon snack. This recipe uses our incredible Lifeway kefir, which is a source of live and active probiotic cultures.

Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know

With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.

Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunityimprove allergies, and improve digestion.

Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole-fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.

Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You

Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotic fiber, but it’s what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.

Prep Time: 2-5 Minutes Servings: 1 - 2


  1. Add the banana, nut butter, 1 tbsp. cacao powder, vanilla, dates, Lifeway Kefir, quick or rolled oats, frozen strawberries, and frozen pineapple to a high-speed blender. Blend on low to incorporate for a few seconds, then turn to high and blend until thick and creamy. Pour this into 2 parfait-style glasses, but reserve about 1/3 of the mixture to split between the 2 glasses. The glasses should be taller than what the mixture will fit.
  2. Cut the horizontally sliced bananas in half each and put them inside each glass with the parfaits around the sides of the glasses, evenly (so you can see them from the outside). Add the rest of the blended mixture on top of each one. Top with the remaining additional sliced fresh strawberries on top.
  3. Make the chocolate syrup: Whisk the slightly melted coconut oil and cacao powder for just a few seconds in a small bowl with a fork; it should come together quickly. Add this hot chocolate sauce on top and pour it onto the top of your smoothie. Then add any of the additional toppings you wish!